Performance developed for the 6th Lubumbashi Biennale, Lubumbashi, DR Congo, 2019
Curated by Sandrine Colard
Produced in the framework of On-Trade-Off, an ongoing artistic-research project that raises awareness about environmental and economic implications of the extraction and processing of Lithium, the main raw material needed for the global production of Green Energy, initiated by Picha (DRC) and Enough Room for Space (BE).
‘Charging Tesla Crash, A Speculation’ is a collaboration of Jean Katambayi, Sammy Baloji, Daddy Tshikaya and Marjolijn Dijkman.
Technical assistance: Lukas Pol (electro-technician)
Supported by: Mondriaan Fund, Digital Earth
‘Charging Tesla Crash, A Speculation’ is a collaboration of Jean Katambayi, Sammy Baloji, Daddy Tshikaya and Marjolijn Dijkman. The performative installation returns to the utopian ideas of Nikola Tesla about wireless and available energy for everyone around the globe. The performance ‘charging’ the copper wire Tesla car reflects on the global inequalities present today.
’Tesla Crash, A Speculation’ by Jean Katambayi, Sammy Baloji, Daddy Tshikaya is a handmade 1:1 model of the notorious Tesla Model S in recycled copper wires using a special weaving technique. This wire construction is inspired by miniature replicas of prototypes of wire cars that the children of workers living in mining camps used to make in Lubumbashi. In the indigenous camps and cities where working-class people on modest incomes live, the invention and creation of games and children’s toys, especially wire cars made of recycled materials, was and still is common. ‘Tesla Crash, A Speculation’, reflects the enrichment of the global mineral industry against the background of a local economy that is still static and poor.